25 January 2013

Rwanda and India Sign a Cooperation Agreement in Agriculture

Photo: John Mbanda
A shop assistant (file photo).

The Government of Rwanda represented by Dr. Agnes Matilda Kalibata, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources signed a Memorandum with the Government of India on Water Resource Management with a focus on irrigation and capacity building Understanding with Hon. Harish Rawat, the Union Minister of water Resources Government of India. The memorandum was signed in India on January 25, 2013.

The MOU sets up a Joint Commission composed of technical staff of both countries that will be charged with follow up of planned activities. A first Joint Commission meeting of both technical teams will take place late March 2013 to identify and agree on projects and programs that will form the basis the cooperation in this sector.

In his remarks at the signing ceremony, Harish Rawat, the Union Minister of water Resources Government of India Hon. Rawat commended the progress made by the Government of Rwanda and reiterated India's commitment to continue working with Rwanda as a genuine partner in development.

Dr. Kalibata thanked the Minister for his commitment to strengthening cooperation in agriculture.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources is implementing irrigation programs in order to increase crop production and ensure all year round cultivation and this cooperation will benefit Rwanda in improving marshland and hillside irrigation, watershed management, capacity building of technicians and farmers.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animals Resources has had a long history of successful collaboration and partnership with the Indian Government where several staff of the Ministry as well as those in local governments has undertaken long and short term training in India.

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